Metafilter on CNN (.com). December 22, 2009 3:55 PM   Subscribe

Metafilter gets a mention on cnn.com in an article about Modest Needs, a charitable organization we first talked about here back in 2002.

From the article:
"A well-meaning friend posted a link on the widely read blog Metafilter.com, and the next day Taylor was swamped with 1,100 e-mails. Many were asking for help, some were skeptical of Taylor's motives, and a surprising number of people wanted to contribute, he said."
posted by killdevil to MetaFilter-Related at 3:55 PM (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

on the one hand, that's pretty awesome. On the other hand SELF LINK SELF LINK SELF LINK
posted by empath at 4:11 PM on December 22, 2009


Here's the original post, by brittney.
posted by netbros at 4:13 PM on December 22, 2009


Thanks for the reminder, I just sent them some scratch. It's the season of giving. As someone who has worn glasses since I was four years old, the thought of someone going without a pair of glasses for want of a few bucks is heartbreaking. It's like that Burgess Meredith episode of Twilight Zone. That's just one example of the good that they do.
posted by fixedgear at 4:30 PM on December 22, 2009


Here's the original post, by brittney.

As Seen In the Post.
posted by crossoverman at 4:41 PM on December 22, 2009


But this was the Internet. A well-meaning friend posted a link on the widely read blog Metafilter.com, and the next day Taylor was swamped with 1,100 e-mails. Many were asking for help, some were skeptical of Taylor's motives, and a surprising number of people wanted to contribute, he said.

Our reputation for being skeptical of peoples motives precedes us.
posted by qvantamon at 5:23 PM on December 22, 2009 [3 favorites]


Modest Needs is fantastic.
posted by null terminated at 6:23 PM on December 22, 2009


I give half of my charitable donations to Modest Needs, even though their focus on deciding who and who isn't deserving of aid skeezes me out a little bit, I think they do good work.

I give the other half to the local Clubhouse, Fountain House. Please look at their video and read about their programs and consider donating.
Having developed into a model program for the clubhouse concept, Fountain House has remained true to its original mission of helping people rely on themselves, where they had often not believed they could, or had been told that they were unable...For several years now, the number of applications received has exceeded the capacity of Fountain House and it has been necessary to restrict our intake.

* 77% of participants in Fountain House’s Education Program complete their studies. The average education completion rate for students with mental illness is 32%.

* 65% of Fountain House members have achieved employment through our employment program. The average employment rate for people with mental illness is 15%.

* Members receiving psychiatric services at The Storefront, our partner clinic which integrates psychiatric and primary healthcare, have a relapse rate of 7%. The current average relapse rate is 50%.
posted by kathrineg at 7:15 PM on December 22, 2009


I used to give a lot of money to Immodest Needs, but the vice squad shut them down a couple months ago.

Wakka wakka.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:48 PM on December 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ok, that was kind of a cool story. I was all ready to get my snark on and failed.

I wish I was in a position to give away $350 a month. Maybe someday.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:34 AM on December 23, 2009


I used to work for a charity that referred people to them, and they became our last resort referral when there was nothing else out there (of course, a lot of the people we worked with didn't have the internet, so they couldn't use it, but that's gonna happen). We referred so many people that they had to ask us to stop making referrals to them, but still a cool org. I had kinda forgotten about it until now, thanks for the post!
posted by ishotjr at 3:27 PM on December 23, 2009


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